2016 – Ecuagringo Marlin Report September 27 – October 9

Oct 11, 2016Fishing Reports

Fellow Anglers:
Fishing continues to be very good in most of our destinations. Few countries can claim to have all year round marlin action as does Ecuador. Between Manta, Salinas and the Galapagos Islands we have seen nonstop fishing for all pacific marlin, tuna, wahoo and grouper.

Ecuagringo is working hard to make Cabo Blanco, Peru a reality by late 2017. We believe there is a great fishing destination ready to be rediscovered along with some of the most exquisite seafood, site seeing and adventures South America has to offer.

Don’t forget to visit us at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov 4 – 7, 2016. We will be in booth 4124 in the Sailfish Pavilion.


While some anglers in the past were ready to write off Salinas, Ecuagringo has always insisted this is a destination with the potential to be spectacular when you get the right conditions. Yes I has been plagued by overfishing from commercial boats and local artisanal fishermen. It was once considered the striped marlin Mecca of the world. However lets not forget that Salinas sits on the Santa Elena Peninsula and just North of the Gulf of Guayaquil. This Gulf is the most nutrient rich on the Pacific coast of South America. It feeds rivers and estuaries right into the Pacific. The importance of the Gulf of Guayaquil as nursery ground for shrimp, sea bass, mullet and many other species is well documented. Ecuador has on an off been the largest producer of the highest quality of white prawn/shrimp the world has to offer. Combine all this with the right currents and the potential for spectacular blue, striped and black marlin fishing can rival any natural fishery in the world. We invite you to revisit or take a second look at Salinas. With good lodging, infrastructure, restaurants, nightlife, safety and very reasonable rates this is one destination worth experiencing alone or in combination with any of our other destinations. In the past several of our anglers have experienced bouts with huge blue marlin. Several blues over 900 and 1000# have been caught in the last 5 years alone. An Ecuagringo guest had a 5 hour plus fight with a fish estimated over 1300# before it died deep and the line snapped after 3 failed attempts to it close enough to grab the leader in choppy seas.


Sept 29, 2016 – Chasin Tail 2/4 on blue marlin and 0/13 on striped marlin with more tailing fish seen. Juvenil went 0/5 on striped marlin. Another boat we could not get name went 2/4 on striped marlin. Sea conditions were 74.5 F, nice water and calm.

Sept 30, 2016 – Moni went 0/1 on striped marlin but saw 8 for stripeys tailing. They caught a nice wahoo that made for great ceviche. Saray went 2/3 on blue marlin and 0/3 on striped marlin. Don Agustin went 0/3 on blue marlin and 1/4 on striped marlin.

Oct 1, 2016 – Chasin Tail went 0/1 on blue marlin, saw 7 striped marlin tailing and lost a stripey. Florimar went 1/3 on striped marlin and 1/1 on blue marlin. Maria Beatriz had 1/3 on striped marlin and 0/1 on blue marlin. Moni 0/1 on striped marlin, 0/1 on blue marlin and saw ad raised 2 more blues with no bites. Saray lost a blue marlin and saw several striped marlin tailing. Sea conditions were 73.7 F with clear blue water.

Oct 2, 2016 – Don Chuma reported a blue marlin and went 1/3 on striped marlin. Don Agustin went 1/1 on black marlin, 1/2 on blue marlin and lost a striped marlin.

Oct 8, 2016 – Thalasa with first time angler Alfredo Ochoa caught and boated his first marlin ever a blue of 696#. Water out of Salinas was blue/green with 73/74 F. Ordinarily the conditions wouldn’t seem great for marlin but the fish have shown up to make it a fantastic year out of Salinas. Don Agustin caught a nice black marlin and went 0/3 on striped marlin and 0/1 on striped marlin.

Oct 9, 2016 – Makaira 0/2 on striped marlin and caught 1 blue. Florimar 2/9 on striped marlin and 1/1 on blue marlin. Luciana 0/5 on marlin, Don Agustin 1/2 on striped marlin and lost a blue marlin. Saray went 1/11 on striped marlin and 1/1 on blue marlin. Juvenil 0/6 on striped marlin and 0/1 on blue marlin. Current was pushing South and temperature was reported 73 F.




Oct 7, 2016 – A skiff reported going 2/3 on striped marlin and 1/1 on black marlin fishing close to the Isla de la Plata. Another skiff went 1/2 on striped marlin and 1/2 on black marlin fishing a few miles East of Isla de la Plata.

Oct 8, 2016 – Captain Andre Calero onboard Black Pearl ran to the 100 mile buoy Northwest of Manta. They raised 5 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin catching 1 blue. Bluefin raised 5 blue marlin and caught 1 out of 4 bites. Water temperature was reported 78 and the buoy had wahoo and mahi mahi feeding underneath.


San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Oct 1, 2016 – a group fishing from Peru onboard Stingray fished near Espanola Island and caught wahoo in the morning but then decided to try their luck on striped marlin. Water was greenish/blue with 73 F and some bait was seen in the area. They raised in less than two hours 5 striped marlin and released 2.

Oct 3, 2016 – Jhonamar 2 ran 68 miles to Bank 88 with a group from Argentina. The bank was alive with dolphins, tuna, flying fish and marlin. They raised 21 striped marlin, had 15 bites and released 6 striped marlin. A big eye tuna estimated around 220# was lost at the leader when the hook pulled.

Oct 5, 2016 – After taking a break from fishing for a day the Argentines headed back to Bank 88. Water was reported around 74.5 F with lost of birds and life on the bank. In the morning a large blue marlin estimated over 700# came into the spread and tried to eat several times with no success hooking up. Around 11 am the striped marlin started to show and the raised 13 striped marlin with 8 bites and 4 releases.
Folks fishing continues to be very good in most destinations in Ecuador. Don’t hesitate to book the trip of a lifetime now. Contact us to arrange fishing and exotic adventures to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Argentina and much more.

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